Archive for June, 2011

G-Connect Wireless Storage For iOS Devices

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2011

G-Technology has unveiled its new G-Connect wireless storage solution for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and other mobile devices. It packs in a 500GB hard disk drive and creates an 802.11n wireless network, allowing you to share content with up to five other devices simultaneously.

Other features include a USB 2.0 port, automatic discovery and organization of files into photos, videos, music, and documents categories, app-based access from iOS devices, password protection, a personal private folder, and AirPlay support. The G-Technology G-Connect will be launched next month for just $200.

U-Socket USB Wallplug

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2011

We have so many gadgets and so few outlets that directly accommodate them. Thankfully more of these USb wall outlets are showing up to make our lives easier. The U-Socket USB wallplug is a fully working outlet with two USB ports added.

With this outlet you could just plug your USB device right into the wall for a quick charge. Obviously you or an electrician have to install it, but once that’s done, viola, easy charging! The U-Socket is $24.99 at ThinkGeek.

HP announces Pivot for TouchPad

Posted in HP by Reuben Drake on June 23rd, 2011

It’s not always easy to find apps, but HP doesn’t have that problem. Their App Catalog for the webOS 3.0 TouchPad launches on July 1st. At first it might seem a bit bare, but HP plans to load it up with apps in the near future.

Think of Pivot as a curated digital magazine that shows you a selection of apps someone at HP wants you to see. Find things easier. That’s what we like. It’s great for users to discover new downloads and for developers to not get lost in the crowd. This should be interesting.

Motorola Droid Bionic Release Date Scheduled for This Summer

Posted in Motorola by Reuben Drake on June 23rd, 2011

The Motorola Droid Bionic was introduced at CES 2011 and since then it is nowhere to be found, has missed its speculated release dates, and many think that the phone is dead now. Not quite. Motorola has decided to give it a major overhaul and it should arrive this year, with a release date that is oh so close. And yet so far away.

If we can believe a tweet from the Motorola Mobility account, the phone is on track for its summer release, but we don’t have an exact date was provided.

J K Rowling unveils Pottermore and DRM-free Harry Potter ebooks

Posted in ebooks by Reuben Drake on June 23rd, 2011

For the last few days, a “Pottermore” website by J K Rowling has been the subject of scrutiny, with speculation that a Harry Potter smartphone was coming. Well, Pottermore is actually a website set up by J K Rowling and Sony, where the author will put up some ebooks (DRM free) of the Harry Potter series for sale as well as audiobooks, which will be available in several languages.

The website will be launched in October, with registrations starting on the 31st of July.

appBlaster iPhone accessory

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Reuben Drake on June 23rd, 2011

We have plenty of gun accessories for the Wii or Move wands, I guess it’s only fitting that we also have a rifle-like dock for the iPhone. The appBlaster from apptoyz is designed specifically for the company’s Alien Attack iOS game.

Just slide in your iDevice and you will be able to see the invisible aliens and mow them down. When you pull the trigger, two capacitive pads touch the screen to fire. The appBlaster is available for pre-order right now for about $32) and will arrive on July 7.

Hulu Plus for Android is available

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on June 22nd, 2011

Great news. Hulu Plus for Android is available, however you may not be able to install it yet. The Hulu Blog states that six phones: the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix are compatible, with “additional device announcements” coming later in the year.

If you look at the list, many flagship phones are missing, but we have high hopes that they will have it running for everyone in no time. Hopefully that is the case.

Samsung Series 5 hits Europe on June 24th

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on June 22nd, 2011

Samsung’s giving folks in Europe some Chromebook goodness, so if you have a taste for Chrome and are European, this is some good news. The Samsung Series 5 will hit Europe this Friday for €399 (or £349) for the Wi-Fi model and €449 (or £399) for the 3G version.

The Chrome OS laptop will be available in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy for now with other countries getting it over the next few months. Are you getting one?

Motorola XOOM gets Android 3.1 update in Europe

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

If you own a Motorola Xoom and live in Europe, you can now download the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update.Looks like the SD memory card slot on the XOOM is finally sorted out as well. According to Motorola, the update will be coming over the next several weeks and that the functionality will vary by region.

So if you are in Europe and have a Xoom, you must be pretty excited right about now. Motorola really didn’t say much else about the update, so other improvements may be less useful than the Sd card slot.

VIZIO VTAB1008 Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

Looks like Vizio has a new tablet. The VIZIO VTAB1008 is a WiFi-only device with an 8″ (1024 x 768) capacitive touchscreen display and powered by Android. Which version of Android is a mystery. Some features include a 1GHz processor, built-in GPS, Bluetooth, 2GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB), micro HDMI output, and a front facing camera for video calling.

You can also use this as a remote control for your VIZIO devices with the universal remote control app and built-in IR blaster. Sounds pretty good, but there’s no info on price just yet.

Date Stapler is a date stamp and a stapler

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

This is a great and very useful combination gadget. Plus it looks pretty beautiful. The Date Stapler staples your pages together like normal, but it also adds a stamp with the date in one handy motion. Offices would love this gadget.

The date stamp is always in the same place which is nice. It’s just a concept for now, but one that we’d like to see become a reality very soon.

Sony Alpha A65, A77 spotted

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

Photos of Sony’s new APS-C cameras, the A77 and A65, have surfaced online. Sources also say that the launch date for the cameras has been pushed back due to production issues.

According to the source, the A77 will have a magnesium alloy body, a 24 megapixel sensor, a new double Bionz processor, and a 3 million dot OLED viewfinder. There’s also an improved autofocus with 11 cross AF points, and it can shoot more than 10 frames per second or full HD video.

AnaPad Wooden iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

One thing you don’t want id for your children to mess up your shiny iPad. Instead you can give them a wooden anaPad. You can also use this as a magnetic white board with matching application magnets which are made to the exact dimensions of Apple’s iPad.

The anaPad has been created by twigcreative and is available for just $30. It might save your real device from your kids and that is priceless.

MeiYing Android 2.3 Gingerbread Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

Not enough Android tablet options for you? Check out MeiYing’s new Android Gingerbread tablet for the Chinese market. This tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz Rockchip processor and has an 8-inch multitouch capacitive display.

Other features include 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage capacity, a front-facing 3MP camera and a rear-facing 2MP camera. There’s also an HDMI out, USB host and client ports and a 5000mAh battery. No info on pricing yet though.

Mitsubishi 92-inch 840 3D DLP Home Cinema TV

Posted in Mitsubishi by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

Mitsubishi is releasing their not so affordable 92-inch 840 3D DLP Home Cinema TV next month. It features a resolution of 1080p, so that you can enjoy your high-definition Bluray and DVD movies the way they were meant to be seen.

The HDTV also uses DLP rear-projection technology, features a built-in emitter, four HDMI inputs, Bluetooth for audio streaming, the Jade user interface and a 120Hz sub-frame refresh rate. It’s priced at a steep $5,999.